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Interventional radiologists diagnose and treat patients using minimal invasive technologies and techniques—catheters, guide wires, needles, balloons, stents, and other devices with radiological imaging. These procedures, which may be categorized as endo-vascular (angiography), non-vascular (e.g., decompression and drainage of obstructed kidneys and bile ducts), and interventional oncology are performed in an interventional radiology suite, often on an outpatient basis. Many procedures that were previously performed surgically are now accomplished by an interventional radiologist with less morbidity and a shorter hospital stay. These procedures include:
Patients undergoing procedures are worked up by the interventional radiology service with clinical followed post-procedure.
Some procedures require IR staff physician review prior to scheduling. For emergent cases, such as GI or trauma bleeding, contact pager# 5390. For urgent or routine cases, contact the Interventional Radiology Nurse Coordinator pager# 4644 weekdays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.); evenings, holidays or weekends contact pager# 5390. If this is a routine, non-urgent case our preference would be to have you contact the Interventional Radiology Nurse Coordinator during the weekday hours.For referring physicians outside the hospital, please call the VIR nurse at 319-353-8141, M-F, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On evenings and weekends, call the main hospital number at 319-356-1616 and ask them to page #5390.
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